Aug 312015
 

For one night only, artists and fans of The Simpsons will party like kings! Damn hell ass kings!

This Fall, curators Julia Prescott and Nico Colaleo invite you to bask in an entire art gallery themed around America’s favorite family, THE SIMPSONS. In celebration of the show’s impossibly long-running legacy, artwork from over 80 Los Angeles artists will be featured – including work from past and present Simpsons crew members!

Don’t be a dorkus malorkus – Run down to the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics (7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles) for the gallery’s opening reception on Friday, September 25th 2015! With plenty of Springfield-themed entertainment, decor, surprises, and photo opportunities, it’ll be a shin-diddily-dig that even your surliest neighborinos will enjoy. So grab a Flaming Moe and prove you CAN win friends with salad, because this is one evening that’ll make you say, “Everything’s coming up Millhouse!” (BRING MONEY.)

FEATURED ARTISTS
Kelsy Abbott, Annisa Adjani, Aaron Alexovich, Benjamin Anders, Ashlyn Anstee, Atomikitty, Eric Bauza, Jessica Borutski, Matt Brailey, Tony Christopherson, Daisy Church, Nico Colaleo, Victor Courtright, Cheyenne Curtis, Mike Dougherty, Julianne Eckert, Kelly Eden, Jenny Fine, Phylicia Fuentes, Jennifer Gheduzzi, Mike Hollingsworth, Robert Iza, Molly Bates Johnson, Josh Karp, Matt Kiel, Sam King, Natasha Kline, Dave Kloc, L.M. Knight, Danielle N. Kramer, Kate Laird, Jess Lane, Kevin Sukho Lee, Frank Macchia, Kathryn Marusik, Mike Mayfield, Erin McGathy, Zoë Moss, Adam Murray, Megan Nairn, Damon O’Keefe, Kent Osborne, Erika Paget, Hannah Nance Partlow, Sara Pocock, Jeremy Polgar, Julia Prescott, Kati Prescott, Ryan Quincy, David Reilly, Sandra Rivas, Willy Roberts, Deanna Rooney, Austin Salmi, Stephen Sandoval, Kevyn Schmidt, Matt Taylor, Steven Theis, Ashley Thorburn, Arica Tuesday, Maria Vitan, and Jessica Wills

FEATURING SIMPSONS STAFF ARTISTS
Brad Ableson, John Achenbach, Summer Allen, Shaun Cashman, Benny Crouse, Sam Grinberg, Jennie Hoffer, KC Johnson, Tammy Manis, John Mathot, Shannon O’Connor, Tom Richner, Alex Ruiz, David Silverman, Shane Sowell, Joshua Taback, Cyndi Tang-Loveland

Aug 282015
 

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Meltdown Comics and Heavy Metal Present: Jack Kirby and Barry Geller’s Lord of Light in Full Color – Art Show

The King of Comics made his Heavy Metal debut with full color versions of his legendary concept art for “Lord of Light.” This fabled collaboration with filmmaker and visionary Barry Ira Geller is best known for it’s use as a cover for to rescue six American diplomats held hostage in Iran.

Meltdown Comics and Heavy Metal Magazine invite you to an exclusive gallery event showcasing this work in bold psychedelic blacklight! Co-creator Barry Geller will be in attendance to answer questions, and sign copies of Heavy Metal #276.

Evening includes; Nerdist Writers Panel Live with special guest, Black Light Art, Music, Drinks and more to be announced.

Aug 242015
 

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bowltixsBring your entire family to this extraordinary, world-premiere event, as the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs John Williams’ entire Academy Award®-winning score from Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece about a boy and his alien friend, live-to-picture while this beloved film is shown in HD on the Bowl’s big screen. Don’t miss E.T. under the stars, as you’ve never seen or heard it before!

This film is rated PG.
E.T.™ & © Universal Studios


Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.

Aug 172015
 

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No, you aren’t going mad – It’s the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s world-beloved literary classic, Alice in Wonderland! This August, Meltdown Comics and curator Nico Colaleo invite you down the rabbit hole to this special exhibition featuring over 50 talented artists from around the industry, and their artwork paying tribute to the land where nothing is impossible and everything is nonsense.

Join us for this gallery’s opening reception! If you’re feeling curiouser and curiouser, you’ll be able to enjoy free beer and wine along withWonderland-themed entertainment, decor, surprises, and photo opportunities. So don’t lose your head, and keep an eye on your pocket watch… You won’t wish to be late for this very important date!

This event is FREE!

FEATURED ARTISTS INCLUDE: Annisa Adjani, Aaron Alexovich, Benjamin Anders, Ashlyn Anstee, Atomikitty, Jessica Borutski, Matt Brailey, Elsa Chang, Emily Choi, Daisy Church, Nico Colaleo, Victor Courtright, Alexandra Coward, Kendra Creatura, Cheyenne Curtis, Shawn Dickinson, Mike Dougherty, Brianne Drouhard, Julianne Eckert, Kelly Eden, Jenny Fine, Tiffany Ford, Jennifer Gheduzzi, Henrieke Goorhuis, Monica Grue, Kassandra Heller, Starline Hodge, Henrique Jardim, Molly Bates Johnson, Sam King, Natasha Kline, L.M. Knight, Kate Laird, Joanna Leitch, Frank Macchia, Kathryn Marusik, Amy Mebberson, Zoë Moss, Daron Nefcy, Damon O’Keefe, Ekaterina Oloy, Hannah Nance Partlow, Zoe Persico, Sara Pocock, Whitney Pollett, Julia Prescott, Sandra Rivas, Michael Ruocco, Austin Salmi, Kevyn Schmidt, Jacob Strick, Rikki Simons, Michelle Thies, Arica Tuesday, Jeff Victor, Maria Vitan, Lynn Wang, Jason Whetzell, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, Jennifer Wood.
Aug 152015
 

SIGNING WITH CREATOR ROBERT ALTER19TH AUGUST

Mulan: Revelations creator
Robert Alter signs 8/19/2015, 7-8PM.

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Bl. LA, CALIF 90046

About Mulan: Revelations
Though the future boasts endless technological wonders, only a very few can afford access to them. As a new virus rages through the rich and poor, threatening all of humanity, a warrior is awakened to stop the evil puppeteers behind it all! Centuries after her ancestor and namesake fought for China, a new Mulan has been chosen by the ancient Chinese immortals in a final battle for the world!

Aug 132015
 

KIRBY

A major Jack Kirby exhibition in Los Angeles, curated by Charles Hatfield, the author of Hand of Fire!

California State University, Northridge Art Galleries

August 24 to October 10, 2015

Public reception:
Saturday, Aug. 29, 4-7pm

Curator talk:
Monday, Aug. 31, 10am

Panel discussion:
Saturday, Sept. 26, 1pm

ONE OF THE BIGGEST EXHIBITIONS OF KIRBY’S WORK EVER!

via: HandofFire.com
I’m proud to announce that the CSU Northridge Art Galleries will be presenting, this Fall semester, the exhibition Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby. This show will consist of roughly a hundred original artworks by the King, with a focus on his comics in the late 1960s and in the 70s (but also including works from the 1940s-50s and the 80s). Curating this show has been a dream come true.

Comic Book Apocalypse will highlight Jack’s penchant for superheroes, myth fantasy, and science fiction, along with his visions of the cosmic, the primitive, and the futuristic—and of course dazzling examples of “Kirbytech.” From The Fantastic Four and Thor to The Fourth World, Kamandi, 2001, and Silver Star, this show will capture some of Jack’s grandest themes and images. The exhibition will include two complete comic book stories, a great many more comic book pages and spreads, a handful of Jack’s signature collages, and a couple of images never published in his lifetime.

To celebrate this show, we at CSUN will hold three special events within the Gallery. First will be an opening reception on Saturday evening, August 29—a chance to see and chat about the show in the company of other fans! Then I’ll give a gallery talk two days later, on Monday morning, Aug. 31. Finally, we’ll hold a panel discussion with artists and scholars on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 26. All these events are free and open to the public!

Comic Book Apocalypse will be the first solo Kirby exhibition at a university, and one of the largest Kirby shows yet assembled (comparable in scale to the Words & Pictures Museum show in 1994, and exceeded only by the Fumetto show in Switzerland in 2010). In fact it may be the biggest Kirby exhibition yet mounted in the US—and I hope it will inspire other shows and tributes to Jack over these next couple of years, leading up to his centennial (2017).

Curating this show has been, again, a waking dream for me, both a sequel toHand of Fire and a plunge into a new way of working. It couldn’t have happened without the support of CSU Northridge’s Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, the CSUN College of Humanities, and the CSUN Art Galleries program, the help of Mark Evanier and the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center, and the generosity of many Kirby collectors.

Comic Book Apocalypse opens in time for the launch of the Fall 2015 semester at CSUN, and will be up for seven weeks. It will include a Kirby collage by Geoff (Jetpack Jr.) Grogan , and will be accompanied by a lavishly illustrated catalog featuring some twenty essays about Jack’s work, co-edited by me and Prof. Ben Saunders of the University of Oregon. This companion book will feature a once-in-a-lifetime mix of comics creators, media professionals, and scholars! (Check back here in the weeks ahead for more details about the catalog.)

This exhibition will kick off a year of comics studies events at CSU Northridge, including a conference in Spring 2016. For a decade now, CSUN has run a very popular course on comics that I founded, and I believe now is the time to trumpet (and expand) our commitment to this vibrant, fast-growing field of study!

I can’t think of a better way of doing that than exhibiting the work of the great Jack Kirby. Readers, I hope you can come out and see the show!

Aug 132015
 

losangeleswebTickets: SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque

SuicideGirls is bringing back a revamped version of the sexiest, most clever and fun show on the planet for 2015!  The SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque is unlike any other burlesque act you’ve seen filled with pop culture references, high energy indie soundtrack and the sexiest choreographed strip tease to make your inner nerd explode with glee.

SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque has been wowing audiences all over the world with their geeky, sexy, fantasy show.  The show features stunning choreography from renowned choreographer, Manwe Sauls-Addison, who has worked who has worked with world famous performers such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga.  He has assembled a team of the most seductive and talented SuicideGirls to create the ultimate provocative tribute to pop-culture that Burlesque has ever seen.  With striptease performances in tribute to Star Wars , Orange Is The New Black, Donnie Darko, Clockwork Orange and more, this show will have you on the edge of your seat!

In the early 2000’s the SuicideGirls Burlesque show crisscrossed North America for 5 years.  The girls entertained thousands of people at sold-out shows, opening for Gun ’n’ Roses and Courtney Love and went overseas to perform at music festivals in both Europe and Australia.  In the fall of 2013, the girls decided it was time to continue their captivating worldwide rule and spent six weeks playing sold out shows across the United States.  Shortly after, they decided to take it world wide again!  With sold out shows in Australia, Canada and the US in 2014 they kicked off 2015 with a sold out performance in London. They can’t wait to continue their seductive worldwide rule!

“Comicon meets burlesque nerd orgy.”  Vice

“Dazzling a sold-out crowd at The Gramercy Theater” – Inked Magazine

“Outstanding performance!” – Playboy“Beautiful young women with tattoos” – Esquire

Tickets: SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque

Aug 132015
 

MarcGuggenheimMeltdownMARC GUGGENHEIM, (THE CW’S ARROW, STRINGERS), IS VISITING LEGENDARY STORE MELTDOWN COMICS TO SIGN CREATOR-OWNED COMIC: STRINGERS #1.

PORTLAND, OR – Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today that iconic Los Angeles comic shop Meltdown Comics will be hosting Executive Producer & Writer MARC GUGGENHEIM in their store on August 26th at 7pm.

Guggenheim is the Executive Producer behind the CW’s ARROW, and mastermind behind the recently announced LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. When asked to describe his creator-owned passion project STRINGERS from Oni Press, Guggenheim stated:

STRINGERS is based on a real life profession: Freelance videographers. Those car chases, shootouts, and fires you see on your local news? You can thank these “stringers” for ‘em.

One night in Los Angeles, two struggling stringers capture something on their camera that they shouldn’t have. And now our heroes have to survive an adrenaline-fueled night in Los Angeles with street gangs, crooked cops, and a rival stringer after their heads.”

This action-packed comic will span only five issues, with unique flip covers that form one cohesive panoramic view of Los Angeles, as well as a variant cover for each issue by such notable artists as Robbi Rodriguez (Spider-Gwen) and Tyler Crook (Harrow County).

About Oni Press
Oni Press has been Portland’s premier indie comic book publisher since 1997. Home to a range of rad comics including Scott Pilgrim, The Sixth Gun, Stumptown, Princess Ugg,Letter 44 and The Bunker, Oni Press strives to create comics for you.

About Meltdown Comics
The mecca for all things comic book, comedy, podcasting and pop-culture related, Meltdown hosts a blockbuster line-up of events and programs that in the past have garnered such accolades as “Best of LA” LA Weekly, “Best of LA” LA Magazine, “Best Comedy” LA Weekly, “Top 50 things why LA kicks ass?” LA Weekly, “Best Store” Playboy Magazine, etc.

Jul 242015
 

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COMIX: Beyond The Comic Book Pages is an exciting documentary about the world of comic books and the comic phenomenon, told through the thoughts and images of creators, writers, artists, publishers, comic book store owners, collectors, and most especially, the fans, who have made this phenomenon what it is today.

COMIX has some engaging one-on-one interviews with icons of the comic book industry, like Stan Lee (Spiderman, X-Men), Frank Miller (Sin City, 300), Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow), Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Superman), Mike Richardson (Founder of Dark Horse Productions – Hellboy, Sin City, Goon, and Concrete), and Marc Silvestri (Artist, CEO/Founder of Top Cow Productions and C0-Founder of Image Comics).

COMIX also delves into the world of independent publishers, like Top Cow Productions (Tomb Raider, Hunter Killer, The Darkness, and Witchblade), comic book store owners, as well as comic book conventions like Comic-Con, Wonder Con, Anime Expo, and Wizard World to document the fans of this phenomenon, with many fans in full costumes and some talking about how they made them (that’s for you cos play fans!).  We are so proud of the film and the caliber of people in it!

“My vision for COMIX started as an idea about how to make a comic book and blossomed into a full-length feature documentary about the comic book phenomenon. COMIX is my way of sharing the artistry that I love through a movie that was made by a fan, for fans,” says creator Michael Valentine.  “It has been amazing working on this film and the great people I have met along the way. I think comic book fans as well as anyone else who watches it will find it fun, informative, and inspirational.”
Superman Interview

COMIX is the brainchild of Film Maker/Musician Michael Valentine, a long time comic book fan. Michael’s creativity started at age 6 when all he wanted to do was draw John Romita Sr’s Spiderman and Neal Adams’ Batman which were some of his favorite comic books. Later, he got into other Marvel and DC titles like Captain America and Superman. At age 10, his life changed when he saw KISS for the first time. They were larger than life, the ultimate rock star superheroes. They even had a comic book. Michael never stopped loving comics. About 10 years ago, he came up with the idea of documenting the process of creating a comic book that blossomed into what COMIX: Beyond The Comic Pages has become.

Want to go? Free pair of tickets to the first 3 emails to staff@meltcomics.com with SUBJECT: I READ TO THE BOTTOM. Good luck!

Thursday, July 30 at 6 PM
The location is:  Regent Theatre in Westwood.
http://comixthemovie.com/  @comixthemovie

Jul 192015
 

 

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Legendary Meltdown Comics to Host Signing with Original Creator

LOS ANGELES, CA July 19th, 2015 – Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today a signing for their Invader Zim comic series at Meltdown Comics with original show and comic series creator Jhonen Vasquez and original show and comic series artist Aaron Alexovich on July 22nd. With issue #1 released on July 8th to a massively positive reception, this will be the first time Jhonen Vasquez and Aaron  Alexovich sign the comic book adaptation of the hit Nickelodeon show outside of convention appearances. The signing will be hosted by Los Angeles’ mecca for all things comic book, comedy, podcasting and pop-culture related, Meltdown Comics.

In 2001 animation fans were introduced to Zim, the diminutive, naïve Irken soldier, assigned to invade Earth to keep him from disrupting his leaders’ plans to expand their empire. Arriving on the unsuspecting planet, he tries to blend in by disguising himself and his malfunctioning robot sidekick GIR as a human boy and his dog. Zim is constantly hounded by his nemesis Dib, who recognizes his alien nature, and Dib’syounger sister Gaz. The show and Vasquez’s iconic characters went on to become cult classics with a following to this day. Fans have been waiting for the return of Zim and GIR; now they have it in the first all-Zim comic book series, part of Nickelodeon’s commitment to bring its beloved classic characters to new audiences.

About Meltdown Comics

The mecca for all things comic book, comedy, podcasting and pop-culture related bits, Meltdown hosts a blockbuster line-up of events and programs that in the past have garnered such accolades as “Best of LA” LA Weekly, “Best of LA” LA Magazine, “Best Comedy” LA Weekly, “Top 50 things why LA kicks ass?” LA Weekly, “Best Store” Playboy Magazine, etc.

About Oni Press

Oni Press has been Portland’s premier indie comic book publisher since 1997. Home to a range of rad comics including Scott Pilgrim, The Sixth Gun, Invader Zim, Rickand Morty, Stumptown, Princess Ugg, Letter 44 and The Bunker, Oni Press strives to create comics for you.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 36th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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Contacts:

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